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Does Tourism Cut the Branch it is Sitting On? – Local Residents’ Perspective

Ivana Pavlić, Ana Portolan and Barbara Puh ()

Montenegrin Journal of Economics, 2019, vol. 15, issue 2, 153-164

Abstract: Purpose: As a result of the industrialization and urbanization tourism development is transforming into the mass, unplanned, uncontrolled and unsustainable form. Besides the importance of nature and environment as the main reason for visiting tourism destination, researching the relationship between local residents and travellers is vital for sustainable tourism development. Therefore this paper discusses the level of consciousness of local residents towards environmental tourism impacts. The main purpose of this paper is to determine local residents’ perceptions regarding environmental degradation caused by tourism development. Hypothesis: Local residents show an inadequate level of consciousness concerning environmental degradation. Methodology: In order to achieve the main aim, empirical research was carried out on the convenience sample of 1.339 local residents in a period from May the1st 2015 to May the 1st 2016 in the City of Dubrovnik (The Republic of Croatia). The data was analyzed using ordinal logistic regression. Results: The results indicate the existence of differences in local residents’ perceptions regarding environmental degradation according to their socio-demographics, temporal and spatial variables. Partially statistically significant variables are age, education, personal monthly income, the area of living, length of residence, the period of research and socio-cultural tourism impacts.

Date: 2019
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